At Casa Del Rey — a relaxed Mexican restaurant — you can enjoy a classic margarita and bottomless chips and salsa.
Casa Del Rey serves food that not only tastes great, but is low in fat and gluten-free.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this restaurant.
Dine out in the open during Casa Del Rey's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
At Casa Del Rey, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation.
Casa Del Rey's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
Casa Del Rey is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Drivers will be happy to know that Casa Del Rey is located near many street and lot parking options.
Casa Del Rey provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
A typical meal at Casa Del Rey will set you back less than $30.
At Casa Del Rey, you can pay with any major credit card.
Stop in Casa Del Rey today and enjoy a Mexico-inspired meal in a casual setting.
So treat yourself to something new for lunch or dinner and taste the trends of Mexico at Casa Del Rey.
With its crowd-pleasing menu (excellent reviews easily find their way here), Top Thai Restaurant serves some of the tastiest Thai cuisine around.
Feel satisfied but not stuffed with Top Thai Restaurant's gluten-free and low-fat alternatives.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
On busy nights, it's best to book a table ahead of time.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Drivers will find quick and easy parking just around the corner from Top Thai Restaurant.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Top Thai Restaurant.
So if curry and peanut sauce is what makes you happy, make sure to try the much-talked-about Thai fare at Top Thai Restaurant.
So when you don't feel like dressing to impress but want top-notch Thai all the same, head to Top Thai Restaurant for the best of the best.
The flavorful and delicious Thai food at Top Thai Restaurant will make for a unique option for dinner.
When you're tired of the same old lunch options, head on over to Top Thai Restaurant for a yummy Thai dish.
Featuring fresh and flavorful American food, Roady's Restaurant is a local favorite.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Roady's Restaurant's gorgeous patio.
Find yourself the best seat in the house by calling ahead to reserve a table.
Comfort is prioritized at Roady's Restaurant, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
For the tastes of Roady's Restaurant from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Patrons will love the number of street and lot parking options close to Roady's Restaurant.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Roady's Restaurant.
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
When American food comes to mind, Roady's Restaurant should be your first choice.
If you're looking for classic American fare, try Roady's Restaurant for your next meal.
For juicy and flavorful burgers, head to Red Robin.
Red Robin's gluten-free dishes are a great match for those who are sensitive to gluten.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this burger joint's full bar.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this burger joint — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Red Robin is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
Don't be the last one waiting! Reserve a seat so you can eat when you're ready.
Dress is typically casual at Red Robin, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this burger joint.
Red Robin's patrons can find places to park in the area.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Red Robin is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
A meal at Red Robin will typically set you back about $30.
So when your stomach starts growling, make your way over to Red Robin and satisfy your hunger with a juicy burger.
So when you're in the mood for a casual dining adventure, head to Red Robin and try one of the tasty burgers.
What are you waiting for? Head on over to Red Robin and find out why the burgers are top-notch.
Who's hungry? Step up to the big leagues at Pinnacle Peak, where each and every steak packs a five-star punch.
Pinnacle Peak knows how to make gluten-free and low-fat fare taste great, so stop by for a healthy (and flavorful) bite.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
Avoid playing the waiting game and call ahead for a table.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Pinnacle Peak — it's strictly casual.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Pinnacle Peak to your next party or event.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Endless parking options are readily available close to Pinnacle Peak.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant.
For an all-star steakhouse too good to pass up, pay a visit to Pinnacle Peak.
Pinnacle Peak serves up steaks that are grilled to perfection, so swing by today and enjoy a juicy cut of meat.
Ordering a Dodger Dog is a ritual. Customers queue up in one of two lines—one for grilled dogs and the other for classic steamed. They inch ever closer to the counter where stadium workers dole out foot-long franks that stretch far beyond the confines of steamed buns. Finally they head over to the condiment stations to load up on mustard, ketchup, chopped onions, or relish.
Dodger stadium’s divide-and-conquer approach is the product of years of experience. Many estimate that the millions of Dodger Dogs sold each baseball season outrank sales of any other frank in the league. But once foodies have had their fill of the gargantuan Dodger dogs at the stadium, or even purchased at local markets, they’ve only just begun exploring the diverse hot-dog scene in Los Angeles.
Take the Korean-style franks of Seoul Sausage Co.. They’re a bit harder to track down than a ballpark frank. Without a food truck or retail space to call home, these succulent, grilled delicacies crop up at street fairs and catered events all over LA, where their inventive cooks offer up a kalbi-flavored sausage topped with tangy kimchi relish, and a spicy pork sausage crowned with apple-cabbage slaw.
For a taste of the increasingly hard to find LA street dog, enthusiasts can hunt them down at Skooby’s, where decadently bacon-wrapped franks nestle into fresh buns delivered by a local bakery.
Perhaps the crowning glory of LA’s hot-dog inner circle is the chilidog, which local favorite The Hat has been slinging since 1951. Pink’s, on La Brea and Melrose since 1939, is now practically a regular set piece on TV shows and movies set in LA for its addictive dogs and cheerful, familiar sign. Their ode to the chilidog is a love letter to its loyal patrons written with all-beef franks slathered in chili, mustard, and onions.
Elsewhere in the city, more progressive—even avant-garde—culinary sensibilities shape the future of the humble hot dog. At Let’s Be Frank, nitrate- and hormone-free dogs are made fresh from grass-fed beef and layered with toppings and veggies sourced from local farms. At The Stand, diners can customize their low-fat turkey dogs or chicken-apple sausage with quintessentially Californian toppings including avocado and corn salsa. At Vicious Dogs, the whimsical 8-bit-inspired art of cook Stacey Hughes colors the walls. The eatery’s Thanksgiving turkey dogs arrive smothered in all the trimmings—stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce. Adventurous patrons can even go off the menu and try their hand at topping Stacey by building their own creations, including Latin-inspired, deep-fried doggie flautas.
If the film industry resides in Hollywood, the greater city of Los Angeles is its backyard. Filmmakers have taken to exploring this backyard in their movies, and local residents have come to accept that a routine trip to the deli can quickly turn into a cameo in the latest blockbuster. Though tourists have taken to camping outside celebrities’ homes for a glimpse of fame, there’s a less invasive—and far tastier—method of stargazing. Here, we follow the cameras to seven restaurants made famous by their appearances in film.
If you’re flying in to LAX, your first stop should be Randy’s Donuts on West Manchester Avenue. No, Randy’s was not named after Randy Newman. It was, however, briefly featured in the music video for the singer’s 1983 paean to his native city, “I Love L.A.”. When the giant donut that sits atop the shop isn’t appearing in action films such as 2012 and Iron Man 2, it acts as a beacon, enticing pilots to visit during long layovers at the nearby airport.
Next, take a drive over to Canter’s Deli in the Fairfax District. Though countless celebrities have feasted on Canter’s pastrami sandwiches since 1931, Walter Matthau bears the rare distinction of doing so on camera in Neil Simon’s I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982). Current owner Marc Canter recently penned a book about Guns N’ Roses, whose frequent visits to his deli evince the band’s appetites for things other than destruction.
If pastrami and hair metal don’t satisfy your taste for decadence, head to the lavishly appointed Cicada Restaurant downtown. In a memorable scene from Pretty Woman (1990), Julia Roberts flings a snail across the restaurant’s art deco-inspired dining room. Her costar, Richard Gere, would return to the restaurant just a few years later in Final Analysis (1992). Perhaps he was drawn back by the mallechort elevator doors or gold-leafed ceiling—traces left over from the restaurant’s former life as a 1920s haberdashery.
Cicada’s transformation seems minor compared to that of J & J Sandwich Shop. The 6th Street delicatessen was stripped of its walk-up sandwich counter and injected with a dose of 1950s noir for L.A. Confidential (1997). Recast as the Nite Owl Coffee Shop, J & J became the scene of a multiple homicide and ground zero for the movie’s pulpy action.
Hop on the 101 freeway and exit at Franklin for a post-lunch coffee or milkshake at the appropriately named 101 Coffee Shop. Restaurateur Warner Ebbink carefully designed the shop’s interior—complete with swiveling counter chairs and plush leather booths—to mimic the funky diners of the 1960s. According to the New York Times, Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn frequented the diner back when it was called the Hollywood Hills Coffee Shop. They repaid the hospitality by immortalizing the shop in their hit comedy Swingers (1996).
Get back on the 101 and take it out to the San Fernando Valley for the last stop of our tour, which brings us to a nondescript strip mall in Granada Hills. This is the site of Vincenzo’s Pizza, which the filmmakers behind the neo-noir Drive converted into Ron Perlman’s latest criminal lair. Though one of the film’s most violent scenes takes place inside the renamed Nino’s Pizzeria, it’s worth risking your life for a slice of Vincenzo’s New York–style pepperoni.